The Harlem Hellfighters

The Harlem Hellfighters

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By (author) Max Brooks, Illustrated by Canaan White, Illustrated by Caanan White

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  • Publisher: BROADWAY BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 23mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2014
  • ISBN 10: 0307464970
  • ISBN 13: 9780307464972
  • Sales rank: 44,150

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From bestselling author Max Brooks, the riveting story of the highly decorated, barrier-breaking, historic black regiment--the Harlem Hellfighters In 1919, the 369th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I. They had spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning countless decorations. Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government. The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on--and off--the battlefield to make Europe, and America, safe for democracy. In THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS, bestselling author Max Brooks and acclaimed illustrator Caanan White bring this history to life. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France, they tell the heroic story of the 369th in an action-packed and powerful tale of honor and heart.

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MAX BROOKS is the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of" World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide, " and "The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks."

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"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER "Shattering...A visceral evocation of the horrors of trench warfare...A sharp reminder that venerating volunteer troops for their service is an ideal that has not always been a reality." "--Washington Post " "[One] of of the most powerful books I've read so far this year...This is a stunning work of historical recovery and a very "graphic" graphic novel: bodies explode, rats feed on corpses, men are strafed and gassed. It's not pretty, but the "in your face" style of "The Harlem Hellfighters" is suited to dramatizing a crucial part of American history that hasn't been thrust forcefully enough into our collective faces." "--NPR, Fresh Air " "Stunning... Like the regiment of African American soldiers it depicts, "Harlem Hellfighters" can't be stereotyped or pigeon holed. It might not be your typical history book, but it packs one hell of a punch." "--Newsweek " "A splashy, fun, gripping number, and an intriguing look at an oft-ignored footnote in the history books." "--New York Daily News ""Moral complexity is just one of the novel's many achievements. Dialogue and imagery are often richly juxtaposed... White's illustrations render the grisly and graphic details of trench warfare with haunting immediacy... The sharp lines and shadowy depths of his sketches are absorbing and Brooks' words are equally evocative. The dialogue is bleak, funny, and efficient... [Brooks'] careful research doesn't sap the story of its speed and strength."" --Christian Science Monitor ""Shines a literary klieg light on a woefully overlooked chapter of World War I...Bolstering Brooks's storytelling muscle is the high-contrast black-and-white art of gifted Caanan White, whose graphic grit evokes Joe Kubert and 'Sgt. Rock'... A powerful comic that may do more than any previous work to illuminate the heroism of the 369th.""--Washington Post "The Harlem Hellfighters" brings to life a long forgotten piece of American history.